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The United States (US) has briefed the Sri Lankan Government on the commitment of US President Joe Biden to democracy.  

The matter was discussed when Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met with the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz at the Foreign Ministry on Friday.  

Joe Biden assumed duties as the President of the United States in January and his administration has since implemented its new policies, including the policy on human rights. 

“The Ambassador and Foreign Minister discussed a range of issues, from the pandemic and the U.S. contribution to COVAX, to trade and President Biden’s commitment to democracy,” US Embassy Spokesperson Nancy VanHorn told Daily Mirror.  

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry said that the United States and Sri Lanka are to broaden relations in multiple areas.  

"The Minister briefed the Ambassador on the various positive developments taking place in the country under the guidance of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. They also discussed ways and means of enhancing bilateral cooperation including through development assistance. Climate change, green energy and information technology were identified as priority areas for US support," the Foreign Ministry said.  

The United States, which had earlier withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council, has now re-engaged with the Council.   

The US is expected to take a lead role again in the Council on the Sri Lanka issue over the next few years.  (Easwaran Rutnam)

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  • sandaruwan Monday, 12 April 2021 06:16 AM

    Democracy in US ? Huh

    Sri Lankan Monday, 12 April 2021 06:21 AM

    As a Sri Lankan I have a question for the American Ambassador, Suppose the Police in China or Russia behave like the homicidal and psychotic American Police, wouldn’t America have demanded that the UN to impose sanctions against the Chinese or the Russian Police ?

    Punchi Banda Monday, 12 April 2021 06:39 AM

    We should brief US on the values of our 2500 year old civilisation where human rights and dem o crazy are unknown entities

    Singhe Monday, 12 April 2021 06:54 AM

    Talking about democracy in Sri Lanka! we are still in its infancy

    Lala Monday, 12 April 2021 07:39 AM

    Dinesh mahattaya, if you to too close to the US Wimale will kill you.

    Lion Monday, 12 April 2021 07:48 AM

    Biden may have already been briefed by the ambassador of SL ,that Srilanka is fast stepping towards the authoritarian governess curtailing the democratic rights of its people.

    Jude Monday, 12 April 2021 08:42 AM

    Whatever it is, President Trump, he never sponsored a single Resolution against SRI LANKA !! Who cares what Biden dooing!?? The old fart will kaput soon!! Yeah!!

    VJ Monday, 12 April 2021 09:03 AM

    I thought Sri Lanka was the oldest democracy in the world, May be true but it expired and buried some time ago.

    FF Monday, 12 April 2021 09:18 AM

    THE PRESENT GOVT OF SRI LANKA NEEDS TO BE FREQUENTLY REMINDED OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE

    Selvakumar Monday, 12 April 2021 09:21 AM

    Biden in Sri Lanka it’s different story, !!!

    Ranaweera Tuesday, 13 April 2021 01:54 AM

    What democratic rights of people this government has taken out? Name it please. As far as we can hear on daily basis, drug dealers are being caught, opposition spreading fake news at un unprecedented rate, fewer people died from covid in Sri Lanka than a single state in USA.


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